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Thread: A Personal Triumph

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    A Personal Triumph

    Hey, folks,

    You may remember a thread from a couple months ago "what frustrates you about woodworking?" I wrote back that, just once, I'd like to make a square cut. You probably remember me complaining about the gaps in my picture frames. And you might even remember I got hosed for Christmas, and was determined to do something about it.

    Well, I decided to use the occasion to solve a problem, and my biggest problem was cutting good angles. So I figured I'd bite the bullet, and be done with going halfway. This after going the miter trimmer route, and the SCMS route, and the homemade customized sled route, three times.

    I'm really hopeless at this stuff. I need the most help I can get. And the most help is....

    The Incra Miter 5000!!!

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    here it is, in all it's glory!

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    It's beautiful!

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    And well made!

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    can it do an octogon? That's twice as hard as a picture frame?

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    Doorlink is smiling because this means her husband isn't a complete doofus! The jokes about me at her bridge club were getting to be a bit much...

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    Nice to have real sawdust on the thing.

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    Just for play, I thought I'd try something beyond conception. Wouldn't ever have dreamed of making an 18 sided figure, not even in my wildest fantasy.And yet...

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    This last one is for you cynics out there, who think I might have faked it with the pieces laid out on the table...

    Unbelieveable. I know you can all do this with just any old miter gage or homemade sled. But *I* never could before!


    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 01-14-2008 at 10:41 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    That is excellent Bill. We all do what we can and find a way to do what we can't. I took a lot of heat for not "just learning how" to sharpen free hand. I just don't have it . . . bought a jig, all is well. My shop made sled serves me well but if it didn't, I would not hesitate to find a way to get around it.

    Work on and be happy ;-)
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    Nothing wrong with getting an accurate tool! Congratulations of your acquisition!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Wow Bill, that obviously does the job! No more excuses now.
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    --Winston Churchill, in response

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois
    Bought one of those about three years ago. YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT! I can't do square corners to save, but the FEW times I work flat, it is a lifesaver.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    What is the point in trying to draw a perfect straight line or a circle freehand when you have a rule and a divider?

    Tools were and are invented to make life easier, otherwise we still would be using our teeth and nails. Civilization started when a paleolithic man took a stone in his hand, that was the first tool.

    Now I expect to see real weird looking frames, and table tops and

    Enjoy it
    Best regards,

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    I also dream of a shop with north light where my hands can be busy, my soul rest and my mind wander...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Odessa, Tx
    Well, "CORN-GRATULATIONS" on the new Shop Helper, Bill. Looks like you've got the "Hang" of that "THANG" already.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Bill, those look suspiciously like rings for a large segmented bowl. I didn't know your lathe had that kind of capacity.

    Congrats on a great tool. I have the 1000SE, so I know how accurate the miter head is. I added a sacrificial face to the fence on mine that acts as a vertical zero clearance device to help prevent blowout on the back of the cut. The addition of the tables on the 5000 is another leap forward.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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